EMPIRE OF JAPAN

#J2019 Japanese Triumphant Return Banner
Original WWII Japanese “Triumphant Return” banner. This banner likely dates to either the Russo-Japanese war or First Sino-Japanese War. It was presented to a soldier named Oka Tsurumatsu by Shimizu Hideo. The banner is approximately 250cm in length and is complete with the original Pagoda style hanger. This example is really nice and unique in how it was made, with interesting outlining with dye, wax, and hand painted features. $275
#J2037 Japanese National Flag with Kanji
Original WWII Japanese National Flag with authentic period Kanji writing and battle damage. Initial research indicates the flag was assembled by a girls high school class, at the Senkyo school. The larger writing “Ki Buun Chokyu” translates to “I pray your military fortunes are long lasting”. Consignor reports the flag was originally purchased from a WWII veteran of the U.S. 41st Division. Japanese soldiers carried these flags with them in battle for good luck, and we are not sure how the damage occurred, it’s possibly from shrapnel, blood, or rust. The flag has an appealing “been there” look to it and would display well framed. Flag measures approximately 33” by 27” (Inches). Great example. $350
#J2038 Boxed Japanese Sake Cup
Original WWII boxed Japanese Sake cup. In keeping with tradition, Japanese soldiers would drink Sake made from fermented rice as part of Shinto purification rituals, often before going into battle. This Sake cup is complete with the original box, these boxes are often missing. The writing on the box indicates this Sake cup was intended for a "Discharge Commemoration". Nice set! $45
#J2041 Japanese Soldiers Wearing Caps
Original WWII Japanese wartime photograph of two youthful soldiers posing wearing their military headgear. We have no further information on the fate of these soldiers. $20
#J2040 Japanese Soldiers Playing Guitar
Original WWII Japanese wartime photograph of a soldier playing guitar in front of another soldier. Appealing photograph, we haven't been to figure out exactly what's going on in it, but it looks interesting. We have no name or information on the fate of these soldiers. $20
#J2042 Japanese Soldier with Rising Sun Flags and Banners.
Original WWII Japanese wartime photograph of young soldier posing in front of a kiosk selling Rising Sun flags and banners. There is also a Japanese national flag in the photograph. The national flag of Japan is a rectangular white banner bearing a crimson-red circle at its centre. This flag is officially called Nisshōki (日章旗, the "flag of sun"), but is more commonly known in Japan as Hinomaru (日の丸, the "circle of the sun"). It embodies the country's sobriquetLand of the Rising Sun. The Rising Sun Flag (旭日, Kyokujitsu-ki) is a Japanese flag that consists of a red disc and sixteen red rays emanating from the disc. Like the Japanese national flag, the Rising Sun Flag symbolizes the sun. We have no names or information on the fate these families or of the soldiers. $25
#J2039 Japanese Soldiers with Traditional Doll
Original WWII Japanese wartime photograph of a young soldier wearing his service cap, posing with his family or friends and a traditional Japanese doll, likely prior to departing for war. We have no name or information on the fate of this soldier. $20
#J2025 Japanese Soldier with National Flags
Original WWII Japanese wartime photograph of a young soldier posing in full equipment with four Japanese national flags behind him. The national flag of Japan is a rectangular white banner bearing a crimson-red circle at its centre. This flag is officially called Nisshōki (日章旗, the "flag of sun"), but is more commonly known in Japan as Hinomaru (日の丸, the "circle of the sun"). It embodies the country's sobriquetLand of the Rising Sun. Appealing photograph with photographers information also embossed in the bottom corner. We have no name or information on the fate of this soldier. $45
#J2026 Japanese Soldier with National Flag
Original WWII Japanese wartime photograph of a young soldier posing with a national flag with some Kanji text written on it wrapped around him.The national flag of Japan is a rectangular white banner bearing a crimson-red circle at its centre. This flag is officially called Nisshōki (日章旗, the "flag of sun"), but is more commonly known in Japan as Hinomaru (日の丸, the "circle of the sun"). It embodies the country's sobriquetLand of the Rising Sun. We have no name or information on the fate of this soldier. $25
#J2027 Japanese Soldier's Family with National Flags
Original WWII Japanese wartime photograph of a young soldier posing with his family and national flags before going to war. The national flag of Japan is a rectangular white banner bearing a crimson-red circle at its centre. This flag is officially called Nisshōki (日章旗, the "flag of sun"), but is more commonly known in Japan as Hinomaru (日の丸, the "circle of the sun"). It embodies the country's sobriquetLand of the Rising Sun. We have no name or information on the fate this family or of this soldier, but there is some Kanji on the reverse that may provide more clues with research. $25
#J2028 Japanese Soldier with Bike
Original WWII Japanese wartime photograph of a young soldier posing with bike and national flag with Kanji text hanging on his rifle. Appealing photograph that was also used as an official post card. We have no further information on the fate of this soldier. $25
#J2029 Japanese Soldier with Banners
Original WWII Japanese wartime photograph of a soldier posing with several military banners featuring Kanji text. Interesting photo. We have no further information on the fate of this soldier. $20
#J2030 Japanese Soldier near Wall
Original WWII Japanese wartime photograph of a soldier posing in front of a decorated wall. Interesting photo. We have no further information on the fate of this soldier. $20
#J2031 Japanese Soldier's Family with National Flags
Original WWII Japanese wartime photograph of a young soldier posing with his family and national flags before going to war. The national flag of Japan is a rectangular white banner bearing a crimson-red circle at its centre. This flag is officially called Nisshōki (日章旗, the "flag of sun"), but is more commonly known in Japan as Hinomaru (日の丸, the "circle of the sun"). It embodies the country's sobriquetLand of the Rising Sun. We have no name or information on the fate this family or of this soldier. $20
#J2032 Japanese Soldier's Family with National Flags
Original WWII Japanese wartime photograph of a young soldier posing with his family and national flags before going to war. The national flag of Japan is a rectangular white banner bearing a crimson-red circle at its centre. This flag is officially called Nisshōki (日章旗, the "flag of sun"), but is more commonly known in Japan as Hinomaru (日の丸, the "circle of the sun"). It embodies the country's sobriquetLand of the Rising Sun. We have no name or information on the fate this family or of this soldier. $20
#J2033 Japanese Soldiers and their Families with National Flags
Original WWII Japanese wartime photograph of young soldiers and their families posing with national flags, banners, and the flag of The Rising Sun before going to war. The national flag of Japan is a rectangular white banner bearing a crimson-red circle at its centre. This flag is officially called Nisshōki (日章旗, the "flag of sun"), but is more commonly known in Japan as Hinomaru (日の丸, the "circle of the sun"). It embodies the country's sobriquetLand of the Rising Sun. The Rising Sun Flag (旭日, Kyokujitsu-ki) is a Japanese flag that consists of a red disc and sixteen red rays emanating from the disc. Like the Japanese national flag, the Rising Sun Flag symbolizes the sun. We have no names or information on the fate these families or of the soldiers. $20
#J2034 Japanese Soldier in Winter Kit
Original WWII Japanese wartime photograph of young soldiers dressed in winter kit. We have no name or information on the fate this soldier. $20
#J2035 Japanese Soldier in Winter Kit
Original WWII Japanese wartime photograph of young soldiers dressed in winter kit. We have no name or information on the fate this soldier. $20
#J2036 Japanese Patriotic Women
Original WWII Japanese wartime photograph of patriotic women carrying flags of The Rising Sun. $15
#J2037 Japanese Patriotic Women
Original WWII Japanese wartime photograph of patriotic women with sashes and banner. $15
#J2022 Japanese Type 30 Combat Bayonet
Original WWII Japanese Type 30 combat bayonet. Most examples of Japanese bayonets in collections are field worn with lost of pitting and loss of bluing from the jungle conditions in which they were recovered. This is the finest example of a Japanese bayonet we have handled, the blade is essentially mint condition and the rest of bayonet is 98%+ original bluing. There is a very faint name scratched into the handle and scabbard that appears to read “Skillet” presumably put there by the veteran who took it home. This is a top example really showcasing the quality and effort put into these bayonets by the Japanese. $325
#EC34 Japanese Cadet Wool Hat
Original WWII Japanese Cadet’s wool hat. Typical late war construction with mesh lining and paper chinstrap. Excellent condition overall, a little bit of mothing to the interior brim of the cap. Nice example. $120
#J2021 Japanese Soldier with Horse Photo
Original WWII Japanese wartime photograph of a young soldier posing with his horse. Appealing photograph, no name or information on what happened to this soldier. $25
#J2020 Imperial Military Reservist Association / Veteran Association Badges
Original pair of WWII Japanese Imperial Military Reservist Association / Veteran Association badges. Printed variant, likely produced late war during material shortages. Two perfect examples never cut or applied to a uniform. Background: The Imperial Military Reservist Association was a nationwide group that unified reservist groups, veteran groups, and martial associations. It was established in 1910 and allowed only Army personnel to join. In 1914, Navy personnel were also allowed. In a 1931 group census report, the nationwide membership was 2,581,109 Army-related members and 62,624 Navy-related members. The group disbanded (was abolished) in 1945. $25
#J2014 Door Sign for Members of the Imperial Military Reservists Association
Original WWII Japanese door badge / sign in relation to the Imperial Military Reservist Association. These door badges / signs would be mounted on members doors to show support for the association. This example is in nice condition, it measures approximately 5 x 15 cm. Background: The Imperial Military Reservist Association was a nationwide group that unified reservist groups, veteran groups, and martial associations. It was established in 1910 and allowed only Army personnel to join. In 1914, Navy personnel were also allowed. In a 1931 group census report, the nationwide membership was 2,581,109 Army-related members and 62,624 Navy-related members. The group disbanded (was abolished) in 1945. $50
#J2013 Door Sign for Members of the Imperial Military Reservists Association
Original WWII Japanese door badge / sign in relation to the Imperial Military Reservist Association. These door badges / signs would be mounted on members doors to show support for the association. This example is in nice condition, it measures approximately 5 x 15 cm. Background: The Imperial Military Reservist Association was a nationwide group that unified reservist groups, veteran groups, and martial associations. It was established in 1910 and allowed only Army personnel to join. In 1914, Navy personnel were also allowed. In a 1931 group census report, the nationwide membership was 2,581,109 Army-related members and 62,624 Navy-related members. The group disbanded (was abolished) in 1945. $50
#J2015 Wooden Box for Imperial Military Reservist Association Badge
Original WWII Japanese wooden box for the Imperial Military Reservist Association badge. Cool little hand crafted box. Background: The Imperial Military Reservist Association was a nationwide group that unified reservist groups, veteran groups, and martial associations. It was established in 1910 and allowed only Army personnel to join. In 1914, Navy personnel were also allowed. In a 1931 group census report, the nationwide membership was 2,581,109 Army-related members and 62,624 Navy-related members. The group disbanded (was abolished) in 1945. $20
#J2016 Wooden Box for Imperial Military Reservist Association Badge
Original WWII Japanese wooden box for the Imperial Military Reservist Association badge. Cool little hand crafted box. Background: The Imperial Military Reservist Association was a nationwide group that unified reservist groups, veteran groups, and martial associations. It was established in 1910 and allowed only Army personnel to join. In 1914, Navy personnel were also allowed. In a 1931 group census report, the nationwide membership was 2,581,109 Army-related members and 62,624 Navy-related members. The group disbanded (was abolished) in 1945. $20
#J2018 Imperial Military Reservist Association Badge
Original WWII Japanese Imperial Military Reservist Association badge. Excellent condition. Background: The Imperial Military Reservist Association was a nationwide group that unified reservist groups, veteran groups, and martial associations. It was established in 1910 and allowed only Army personnel to join. In 1914, Navy personnel were also allowed. In a 1931 group census report, the nationwide membership was 2,581,109 Army-related members and 62,624 Navy-related members. The group disbanded (was abolished) in 1945. $20
#J2017 Cardboard Box for Imperial Military Reservist Association Badge
Original WWII Japanese cardboard box for the Women's Patriotic Association badge / pin. Cool little box in excellent condition. Background: The Imperial Military Reservist Association was a nationwide group that unified reservist groups, veteran groups, and martial associations. It was established in 1910 and allowed only Army personnel to join. In 1914, Navy personnel were also allowed. In a 1931 group census report, the nationwide membership was 2,581,109 Army-related members and 62,624 Navy-related members. The group disbanded (was abolished) in 1945. $20
#J2010 Japanese Sake Three Cup Set
Original WWII Japanese set of three Sake cups. In keeping with tradition, Japanese soldiers would drink Sake made from fermented rice as part of Shinto purification rituals, often before going into battle. These cups have some Japanese writing that translate into "Leaving the service commemoration” and "Ina-Sho Military Personnel Association”. $45
#J2011 Japanese Sake Cup
Original WWII Japanese Sake cup. In keeping with tradition, Japanese soldiers would drink Sake made from fermented rice as part of Shinto purification rituals, often before going into battle. There is some writing on the cup that translates to "15th Transport Discharge Commemoration” and a name on the backside of the cup, which appears to be “Asakuni". $25
#J2012 Japanese Sake Cup
Original WWII Japanese Sake cup. In keeping with tradition, Japanese soldiers would drink Sake made from fermented rice as part of Shinto purification rituals, often before going into battle. These cups have some Japanese writing that translate into "54th Infantry” and "Leaving the service commemoration” with the name on the backside of the cup being “Kozuka”. $25
#RG70 Japanese National Flag 80 x 70 cm
Original WWII Japanese national flag measuring approximately 80 x 70 cm (Good size for display). Constructed of fine silk printed logo and hemmed edges with reinforced corners and strings for hanging or flying. Good used condition, a common bring back souvenir from the Pacific theatre. $185
#SB13 Imperial Japanese Army EM Winter Padded Tunic
Original WWII IJA (Imperial Japanese Army) enlisted members winter padded tunic. Nicely marked on the interior.  No insignia applied. One small hole in the interior lining only visible from the interior, shown in last photo. Nice service used example. $150
#J2001 WWII Japanese Aircraft Information Placard
Original WWII Japanese aircraft information placard that was removed as souvenir. The placard is for a night landing device, produced by the Japanese Aviation Label Corporation in 1941. $75

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#BS42 Imperial Japanese Army Type 90 Combat Helmet
Imperial Japanese Army type 90 combat helmet. The Army five point metal star is factory applied to the steel shell and the entire helmet has been factory painted in dark olive green. Complete helmer with full pigskin leather liner and and full length drawstring / chinstrap. The leather liner is a little stiff but much better than average condition. Former owners name has been hand painted in Kanji on the inner rim, but some of the factory olive paint has chipped underneath of it exposing bare steel making it impossible to read. Nice service used example in much better than average condition complete without damage. *Sold*

 

#RG37 Japanese National 'Rising Sun' War Flag
Original WWII Japanese national 'Rising Sun' war flag. Flag is a nice desirable size measuring approximately 36 x 26 inches.  Manufactured of fine silk with re-enforced corners and tie strings still intact. Excellent example, likely brought home by a U.S. soldier serving in the Pacific. This example would be very tough to upgrade. *Sold*
WWII Japanese National Flag and Cut Off Insignia
Original WWII Japanese national flag and an assortment of Japanese uniform removed insignia. When I found these there was a small note which read 'Taken from Guadalcanal from Joe Whalen, USMC' but we have no more information than that. This is a nice assortment of all original items to start or expand on your Japanese collection. *Sold*
#J2007 Type 14 Nambu Clamshell Holster
Rubberized canvas clamshell holster for the Type 14 Nambu pistol. The rubberized version was introduced around 1941-1942 when leather was getting scarce, so the Japanese were essentially bonding together canvas and latex. Another advantage of this material was that it was almost indestructible in tropical climates. This example is known as the Type IX with rubberized spare striker pouch. The only leather on this model is hinge that holds the clamshell closed and some various small bits.  This part consisting of leather and small springs that closes the clamshell is pretty stiff now, but that is how these all are.  The shell has a few shallow dents from use which is typical. Good overall example. *Sold*
#J2023 Japanese Parade Flag
Original WWII Japanese parade flag set. This is a unique and very special personalized flag, we’ve never had one before with the telescoping pole and carrying bag. The authentic Kanji writing reads; Ki Buun Chokyu “I pray your military fortunes are long lasting”, Shibuya Ward, Hatagaya Branch, Patriotic Women’s Association “Congratulations on entering the service - Bonzai soldiers”. Nice set. *Sold*
#MC1 Imperial Japanese Army Ankle Boots
Original WWII Imperial Japanese army enlisted member / NCO ankle boots. These boots are in excellent condition and likely never worn. Leather soles with horseshoes and hobnails all intact and not rusted, as well as really cool maker mark featuring three lines of kanji within a circle. Complete with original pull tabs intact and original laces. Size "5" marked inside the tongue these are a good size for a standard Japanese mannequin, they measure 29cm from toe-tip to heal. The perfect set to complete a Japanese mannequin or uniform display. *Sold*
#J2006 IJA Officer's Aluminum Mess Kit
WWII Imperial Japanese Army officer's mess kit. Named by the soldier on the exterior scratched into the paint. Maker mark stamp visible on the bottom. Complete example in good lightly used condition. *Sold*
#J2024 Japanese Senninbari Thousand Stitch Belt
Original WWII Japanese Senninbari Thousand Stitch Belt. Great example constructed on red belt, the soldiers name translates to: Kurashiki Toshiichirou kun. *Sold*
#J2009 WWII Japanese Personal Flag Grouping
Original WWII Japanese personal sized flag grouping. The lot includes a small Japanese flag, two IJA (Imperial Japanese Army) collar tabs for a Superior Private, and a Japanese post card featuring Japanese soldiers storming a Chinese enemy position. *Sold*
#J2002 Japanese Arisaka Type 99 / 38 Canvas sling with Quick Detach Clips
Original WWII Japanese Arisaka Type 99 or Type 38 Canvas rifle sling with quick detachment clips. Overall good condition showing honest wear and some soiling with two spots of white paint. These are really tough to find on the loose and is ready to complete a Japanese rifle. *Sold*